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What COP21 did for the ocean

Oceans' were not a top priority at COP21 but a 22-countru group to protect them was formed there

Quelle:: Global Ocean Commission

The main pavillion of the Because the Ocean intiative on the bank of the Seine at COP21, 23 November 2015
The main pavillion of the Because the Ocean intiative on the bank of the Seine at COP21, 23 November 2015

Although an entire day was dedicated to oceans at COP21, the respective recommendations are not ambitious.

A new group of 22 nations backed a declaration called "Because the Ocean".

The group includes France, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Australia, Canada, New Zealand as well as 15 developing countries.

The absence of large players like the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, China and India was noticeable.

A scientist studying coral reefs in Virgin Islands National Park
A scientist studying coral reefs in Virgin Islands National Park
NPS Climate Change Response/Flickr

The aim of the Because the Ocean declaration is to establish a clear link between oceans and climate change.

Its main focus are issues like pollution, ecosystems, fisheries, human activities and governance, and the impacts of climate change.

There are three quite general objectives that the signatories have agreed upon:

-  drawing up of a special report on the ocean 

 holding a UN conference on the ocean in Fiji in 2017

-  developing an ocean action plan 

The main pavillion of the Because the Ocean intiative on the bank of the Seine at COP21, 23 November 2015
The main pavillion of the Because the Ocean intiative on the bank of the Seine at COP21, 23 November 2015
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